All Things in Common

Author: Roman A. Montero
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781532607912
Release Date: 2017-04-25
Genre: Religion

All Things in Common gets behind the "communism of the apostles" passages in Acts 2:42-47 and 4:32-37, using the anthropological categories of "social relationship" espoused by David Graeber and other anthropologists. Looking at sources ranging from the Qumran scrolls to the North African apologist Tertullian to the Roman satirist Lucian, All Things in Common reconstructs the economic practices of the early Christians and argues that what is described in Acts 2:42-47 and 4:32-37 is a long-term, widespread set of practices that were taken seriously by the early Christians, and that differentiated them significantly from the wider world. This book takes into account Judean and Hellenistic parallels to the early Christian community of goods, as well as the socioeconomic context from which it came, and traces its origins back to the very teachings of Jesus and his declaration of the Jubilee. This book will be of interest to anyone interested in Christian history, and especially the socioeconomic aspects of early Christianity, as well as anyone interested in Christian ethics and New Testament studies. It would also be of interest to anyone interested in possible alternatives to the ideology of capitalism.


Author: David Albert Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199582952
Release Date: 2010-03-25
Genre: History

What are angels? Where were they first encountered? Can we distinguish angels from gods, faeries, ghosts, and aliens? And why do they remain so popular? This concise introduction investigates stories and speculations about angels in religions old and new, in art, literature, film, and the popular imagination.

The Jewish Study Bible

Author: Adele Berlin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199393879
Release Date: 2014-10-17
Genre: Bibles

First published in 2004, The Jewish Study Bible is a landmark, one-volume resource tailored especially for the needs of students of the Hebrew Bible. It has won acclaim from readers in all religious traditions. The Jewish Study Bible combines the entire Hebrew Bible--in the celebrated Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation--with explanatory notes, introductory materials, and essays by leading biblical scholars on virtually every aspect of the text, the world in which it was written, its interpretation, and its role in Jewish life. The quality of scholarship, easy-to-navigate format, and vibrant supplementary features bring the ancient text to life. This second edition includes revised annotations for nearly the entire Bible, as well as forty new and updated essays on many of the issues in Jewish interpretation, Jewish worship in the biblical and post-biblical periods, and the influence of the Hebrew Bible in the ancient world. The Jewish Study Bible, Second Edition, is an essential resource for anyone interested in the Hebrew Bible.

Abingdon New Testament Commentaries Revelation

Author: Leonard L. Thompson
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 9781426750465
Release Date: 2011-09-01
Genre: Religion

In this lucid exposition, an acclaimed interpreter shows that the book of Revelation is to be read as a unified work of religious poetry aimed at extricating Christians from Roman society, in which they were living quietly and peacefully. Thompson considers connections between John’s negative view of society and his social location as a wandering prophet, compares his visionary experience with that of other prophets and seers, especially in Judaism, notes similarities between the depictions of Christ and Satan in Revelation and portraits of heroes and demons in other writings of the time, and emphasizes that John’s vision of heaven and the future were intended to infuse everyday Christian life with confidence in the goodness and ultimate triumph of God. “Thompson’s commentary on Revelation is written in an engaging literary style and, by presenting perceptive comparisons and contrasts with both Greco-Roman and Jewish literature—canonical and non-canonical—he highlights the distinctive features of this book. He deals effectively with the rhetorical and even the epistemological dimensions, while offering an illuminating and convincing proposal for the structure and thematic development of Revelation. In short, it is a most revealing and insightful analysis of this challenging early Christian writing, as it shows how this book addresses perennial human questions about divine purpose and human destiny.” –-Howard Clark Kee


Author: Reza Aslan
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783644039117
Release Date: 2013-12-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Das Christentum verehrt Jesus von Nazaret als sanften Hirten, dessen Reich nicht von dieser Welt sei. Aber entspricht dieses Bild der historischen Realität? Kann es den grausamen Kreuzestod plausibel erklären? Der amerikanische Religionswissenschaftler Reza Aslan meint: nein. Sein Buch, das in den USA für einen Skandal sorgte, versucht zu ergründen, wer Jesus war, bevor es das Christentum gab. Es ist das fesselnde, brillant erzählte Porträt eines Mannes voller Widersprüche, einer Epoche voll religiöser Inbrunst und blutiger Kämpfe und einer Weltreligion im Werden.

Philo und das Neue Testament

Author: Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3161483960
Release Date: 2004-01-01
Genre: History

English summary: This collection of articles is the result of an international symposium in Eisenach 2003 dealing with the New Testament and Philo as two important sources for Hellenistic Judaism in the 1st century AD. Specialists in Philo and the New Testament treat common subjects in both literary corpora showing the advantage of involving Philonic studies in the New Testament and vice versa. The symposium is part of the research project Corpus Judaeo-Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti which works on embedding the New Testament in its Jewish-Hellenistic context. German description: Der Band gibt die Ergebnisse eines internationalen Symposiums wieder, das im Rahmen des Projekts Corpus Judaeo-Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti im Mai 2003 in Eisenach und Jena stattfand. In ubergreifenden Standortbestimmungen (u.a. durch Greg L. Sterling u. L. Hurtado) wird grundlegend das Verhaltnis von Philo und dem Neuen Testament reflektiert.In den Einzelbeitragen, die mehrheitlich die Form von Paar-Vortragen aufweisen, nehmen Philo-Spezialisten und Neutestamentler aus wechselseitiger Perspektive heraus u.a. zu Fragen der Inspiration, Mystik, Logos-Theologie und Anthropologie im Werk Philos bzw. einzelner neutestamentlicher Schriften Stellung. Ein Schwerpunkt der Aufsatze liegt auf den paulinischen Briefen, daneben stehen Beitrage zur Apostelgeschichte, dem 1. Petrusbrief und dem Brief an die Hebraer.Eine dritte Gruppe von Aufsatzen prasentiert das Ergebnis von gemeinsamen Philo-Lekturen wahrend der Tagung unter altphilologischer Leitung. Damit kommt ein weiterer Rezeptionshorizont in den Blick, der sowohl fur Philo wie das Neue Testament relevant ist.In Zeiten zunehmender Spezialisierung zeigt dieser Sammelband die Notwendigkeit der interdisziplinaren Beschaftigung mit dem komplexen Phanomen des Fruhjudentums.

An Old Testament Theology

Author: Bruce K. Waltke
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310863328
Release Date: 2011-04-19
Genre: Religion

The Old Testament is more than a religious history of the nation of Israel. It is more than a portrait gallery of heroes of the faith. It is even more than a theological and prophetic backdrop to the New Testament. Beyond these, the Old Testament is inspired revelation of the very nature, character, and works of God. As renowned Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke writes in the preface of this book, the Old Testament’s every sentence is “fraught with theology, worthy of reflection.” This book is the result of decades of reflection informed by an extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language, the best of critical scholarship, a deep understanding of both the content and spirit of the Old Testament, and a thoroughly evangelical conviction. Taking a narrative, chronological approach to the text, Waltke employs rhetorical criticism to illuminate the theologies of the biblical narrators. Through careful study, he shows that the unifying theme of the Old Testament is the “breaking in of the kingdom of God.” This theme helps the reader better understand not only the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, the continuity of the entire Bible, and ultimately, God himself.

A Complete Concordance to Flavius Josephus Alpha Kappa

Author: Karl Heinrich Rengstorf
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004128293
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Genre: Greek language

Brill is pleased to present this Study Edition of the Complete Concordance to Flavius Josephus, including the Namenwörterbuch zu Flavius Josephus, in two handy volumes. We expect it will prove to be a valuable resource for scholars and students alike. The significance of the works of Flavius Josephus, the 1st-century Jewish historian, as sources for our understanding of biblical history and of the political history of Palestine under Roman rule, can hardly be overestimated.This Study Edition is an unabridged version of the widely acclaimed concordance to the works of Josephus, originally published in four volumes. This concordance has since gained a prominent place as an indispensable reference tool for anyone involved in the study of biblical literature and of Roman Palestine.